McCullough (The Thorn Birds ; The October Horse) continues her Masters of Rome series with a chronicle of one of history’. Passion, politics, love and death combine in a novel of the legendary love triangle between the three leaders of the Roman era: Cleopatra, Mark Antony and. Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough – A sweeping epic of ancient Rome from the #1 bestselling author of The Thorn Birds In this breathtaking follow-up.

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Without spoiling the book too much for those who haven’t read it, this version of the Cleopatra-Antony relationship has an interesting twist. By flaunting her power in their face she only serves to antagonize and fracture alliances and friendships.

The book spans the period from BC, beginning with the aftermath of the Battle of Philippi and th The seventh book of the Masters of Rome series.

Antony and Cleopatra | Book by Colleen McCullough | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

Barely into his campaigning, he met Cleopatra, Pharaoh of Egypt. But it is work underlain by deep and compelling historical and psychological analysis. McCullough consistently portrays Julius Caesar as too mccullougn, too farsighted, too modern for my tastes although I have stuck with reading the series because of the portrayal of Rome and the epic nature of her works.

The bitterness and self-doubt of the co-ruler of the world, after Caesar’s near-complete snubbing in his will in favor of the too-young, asthmatic Octavian, results in a horrific death toll in battlegrounds throughout the East. Look at what he did to his own mother just for simply having an affair?


Because she is always meticulous, I expect every the fact of There are clues early on that this will be a new twist of an old story. I wouldn’t start the series here, just because you’re fascinated by Cleopatra and Antony.

McCullough continues her Masters of Rome series with the seventh and final installment, Antony and Cleopatra. He is completely and utterly loyal to Octavinus. We are all a blend of similarities and opposites.

The attention to detail is worth a mention too.

Antony and Cleopatra

Granted, Antony didn’t fare much better in CAESAR and The October horse, where his earlier antics were coeopatra least somewhat tempered by the lower body count and youthful, er, charm of the outlandish younger man. This fleopatra a blow from which Antony never recovered. Refresh and try again. She also doesn’t seem to understand mccul,ough the “number” in the ship’s name has to do only with the number of rowers per position on one side.

There are some summary paragraphs of passing events that are confusing, and a couple of which I could make no sense. I love Ancient Rome, and I love Augustus – so anything centered around this time period appeals to me, but at nearly hundred pages, there was just so much excess information, that while relevant to the time, was just not fun to read.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. This book is not a light read! With the bearing of a hero, and the riches of the East at his disposal, Antony seems poised to take the prize. Great antkny finally read this after waiting for so long.


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Intelligently written and precise; I continuously marvelled how McCullough was able to keep all of the names and places of Ancient Greece, Italy and Egypt straight.

The man who ushered in the decades of Pax Romana had to change his name to begin the new era for a changed Rome. Cleopatra, the ruthless, golden-eyed queen, welcomes Antony to her court and her bed but keeps her cleopwtra well guarded. Octavian, meanwhile, is the underdog with youth, patience, subtlety, and a core of supremely able allies to guide him toward the final confrontation. Sebaliknya Livia Drussila, istri Octavian ini berpenampilan simple tapi elegan ala Jackie Kennedy tetapi kecemerlangan ide-ide briliannya layaknya Ratu Elizabeth I.

He may have loved her, but even in the end he loved Rome more.


She was a woman, he liked women, she needed a “godlike” man to father her cleoptara. Well, I have so enjoyed this series that I dismissed as unreadable when the first 2 books were published!

Unfortunately, he is surrounded by tunnel-visioned people. Who is in thral to who? This narrative also includes two fascinating women. Unfortunately, thanks to Cleopatra, he misses his opportunity and his Roman reputation suffers.